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  • Trying to Unlock Brexit, Britain's Theresa May to Make Offer on EU Citizens

    10/19/2017 2:17:20 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies ^ | October 19, 2017 | Reuters
    Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after Brexit, trying to unlock stalled talks that have spurred calls for her to walk away. Weakened by losing her Conservative Party's majority in a June election and failing to rally support at an ill-fated party conference, May had initially hoped she would regain some ground by persuading EU leaders at a two-day summit starting on Thursday to let Brexit talks move beyond matters of the divorce. But EU leaders have ruled that out,...

    10/18/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 40 replies
    Mixed Times ^ | October 14, 2017
    Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally “cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”, in 2016. The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide usable data. Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are being excessively strict in their interpretation of...
  • NHS bans surgeries for smokers, obese people

    10/18/2017 8:34:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 10/18/2017 | Rick Moran
    The British National Health Service (NHS) has provoked a firestorm by temporarily banning surgeries on people who smoke, and those who are obese. Patients who smoke must quit for at least 8 weeks before non-urgent surgery and obese people must lose weight before the NHS gives the go ahead. The Telegraph: In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking. But the new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)...
  • Bill Clinton mocks Brexit voters and claims they didn't realise the implications of leaving the EU

    10/18/2017 7:19:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2017 | Chris Pleasance
    Bill Clinton suggested that people who backed Brexit did not understand the impact of their vote as he accepted an honorary degree in Ireland on Tuesday. The former US President told Dublin City University that voters are only just starting to understand the consequences of leaving the European Union. Mimicking a voter, he said: 'Oh my God, I didn't know I was going to lose that customs thing and all these economic benefits. Why didn't anyone tell me that?' He also told the audience that Britain's decision to leave the EU was motivated by people focusing on differences, rather than...
  • NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese

    10/18/2017 6:48:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 17, 2017 | Laura Donnelly
    The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese (socialized medicine)

    10/18/2017 6:37:13 AM PDT · by NRx · 75 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10-18-2017 | Laura Donnelly
    The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire. The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons. Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS. In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time...
  • The Nigel Farage Show: Are the global elite trying to stop Brexit?

    10/18/2017 1:52:27 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/17/2017 | OrionPrime
    (Nigel Farage at :20) ...the OECD are telling us that if we had a second referendum and we came to our senses and voted to rejoin the European Union, that that could have a significant and positive effect on the UK economy. It's also downgrading its growth forecast for the United Kingdom, down to one percent for next year because of the uncertainty of what'll happen in post-Brexit Britain. Now, this of course is not the first time we've heard from this and many other of these intergovernmental global organizations because they were all part of "Project Fear" during the...
  • North East MP's Bid to Remove Harvey Weinstein's CBE

    10/17/2017 8:55:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    ITV ^ | 17 October 2017
    Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle Central, has begun the formal process which could see shamed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein stripped of his UK honours. Harvey Weinstein. “The allegations against Harvey Weinstein are growing by the day and it is imperative that we start the process of stripping him of his honorary CBE. “This is about demonstrating that survivors of sexual assault and harassment need to be taken seriously – and it is also about ensuring that the economic opportunity of women is not constrained by the predatory actions of powerful men.” The Labour MP has written to Cabinet Secretary...
  • English bishop: you cannot be Catholic and support abortion

    10/17/2017 3:54:02 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Bishop Michael Campbell said it was a 'foundational issue' for the faith and there is 'no getting around it.' Catholics cannot claim to be true to their faith if they do not support Church teaching on abortion, a bishop has said. Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster said abortion was a “foundational issue”, quoting Pope Francis who said: “We are called to defend and safeguard human life, especially in the mother’s womb, in infancy, old age and physical or mental disability.” “Sadly,” Bishop Campbell added, “The price of admission into mainstream British life has meant that we somehow keep the Catholic...
  • Last Concorde's final ride: Supersonic jet's first 'passengers' go on board (tr)

    10/17/2017 3:34:26 PM PDT · by DFG · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/17/2017 | Mark Duell
    She was the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built and the last to fly. But now, 14 years after her final flight, the public can board Concorde Alpha Foxtrot once again today as she goes on display at a £19million new home in Bristol. The Anglo-French supersonic plane, which could cross the Atlantic in three hours, can be seen at aviation heritage museum Aerospace Bristol, which opens today. The museum promises that visitors will be 'wowed by a dramatic projection show on to the supersonic jet that tells the story of Concorde and what it was...
  • Met Say Charging Shoplifters, Vandals ‘Not Practical’ as Arrests for ‘Offensive’ Comments Rise 53%

    10/17/2017 1:36:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 10/17/17 | Jack Montgomery
    London’s Metropolitan Police Force has said it will give up on investigating many instances of “low-level” crime such as shoplifting and vandalism, saying it is “not practical” to fight them in a time of cutbacks.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons claimed that giving up on investigating many offences was necessary so police constables’ efforts could be “focused on serious crime and cases where there is a realistic chance that we will be able to solve it.” The move has raised eyebrows among members of the public, considering recent reports that the Met detained 867 out of the 3,395 people known to...
  • Roy Dotrice, Nimble British Actor Familiar on Both Sides of Atlantic, Dies at 94

    10/17/2017 8:00:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | Robert D. McFadden
    Roy Dotrice, a British stage, film and television actor who began performing as a prisoner of war in Germany and worked in Britain and America for six decades, notably in one-man shows portraying Abe Lincoln, the diarist John Aubrey and other historical figures, died on Monday at his home in London. He was 94... While he kept a home in London, Mr. Dotrice lived in Los Angeles and worked mostly in the United States after 1980. He appeared in New York stage productions of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” (1985) and Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” (1991). On film, he...
  • 'Doomsday orange sky' freaks out parts of UK, France

    10/16/2017 9:52:51 PM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 16-Oct-2017 | FoxNews
    Weather apocalypse? A strange red sun and bizarre yellow/orange sky were visible in parts of the U.K. and France Monday as a result of Hurricane Ophelia. The “ghostly red sun” was visible in the U.K.’s south West, West Midlands, North West and North East, the Telegraph reports.
  • BREXIT LATEST: Shock ONS data wipes £490 BILLION off UK’s wealth as talks hit vital stage

    10/16/2017 12:35:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 48 replies ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Harvey Gavin
    Revised figures from Office for National Statistics’s (ONS) ‘Blue Book’ - which measures economic activity in the UK - show the Britain’s global investments have collapsed by £490billion. The unexpected new numbers come as the UK enters a critical stage in divorce talks with the European Union, and effectively wipe out the country’s safety margin to deal with any economic damage caused by Brexit. Mark Capleton, UK rates strategist at Bank of America, told The Telegraph: “Half a trillion pounds has gone missing. “This is equivalent to 25 per cent of GDP.” The stats also show a sharp decline in...
  • Clinton Injured After Twisting Ankle During UK Visit

    10/16/2017 12:05:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 145 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 16, 2016 | Jack Heretik
    Hillary Clinton twisted her ankle on Sunday night, causing her to miss several media appearances while on her book tour in England. Clinton, who is out promoting her book, What Happened, did not show up for several television appearances in London after her fall Sunday night. Clinton was exhausted due to the trip, the Daily Mail reports.
  • 100 Women: 'I look down and I see a hand on my boob'

    10/16/2017 10:21:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 17, 2017
    More than half of women in Kenya have experienced gender-based violence on public transport, according to a recent study. In 2014, there were national protests after a woman was allegedly stripped on a public bus in Nairobi. Anita Nderu is a television and radio presenter based in the city, who says she was groped while travelling on a bus. She hopes that sharing a story will help other women to come forward. BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year. In 2017, we're challenging them to tackle four of the biggest problems facing women...
  • Hillary Clinton FAILS to turn up for appearances after 'falling over and hurting her foot' [abbrev.]

    10/16/2017 9:04:53 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 192 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 16 Oct 2017 | Shekhar Bhatia and Tim Sculthorpe
    Full title: "'Gutted!' Hillary Clinton FAILS to turn up for TV and radio appearances with Philip Schofield, Women's Hour and Graham Norton after 'falling over and hurting her foot' during London book tour
  • Doctors are ordered to ask patients if they are gay: NHS bows to pressure from equal rights [tr]

    10/16/2017 5:20:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2017 | Stephen Adams
    Every patient visiting their family doctor or attending a hospital appointment in England will be asked to declare if they are gay, straight or bisexual under controversial new rules imposed by the NHS. The astonishing diktat – condemned last night as ‘intrusive’ and ‘insulting’ – orders doctors to include details of a patient’s sexuality on their permanent medical record for the first time.
  • Exocet missile: how the sinking of HMS Sheffield made it famous

    10/15/2017 8:21:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    theguardian ^ | 15 October 2017 | Ian Cobain
    The damage to HMS Sheffield after it was struck by an Exocet missile in May 1982. Photograph: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Ima The British public became fascinated by the Exocet missile after one sunk HMS Sheffield shortly after the outbreak of the Falklands war in 1982. Before long, the word Exocet was being used as a metaphor for anything that was suddenly and unstoppably destructive: a winning argument, for example, or a footballer’s shot on goal. Although Argentina possessed only five of the missiles, Margaret Thatcher’s war cabinet was also fascinated by them, because they knew a successful strike on...
  • UK Government To Ban Sale of Petrol Cars By 2040

    10/14/2017 9:50:40 PM PDT · by Boomer · 56 replies
    Daves Computer Tips ^ | 10/10/17 | Marc Thomas
    Bad news for petrol-heads then and good news for the environment… or is it? I must admit that I had to read the headline twice, just to make sure it wasn’t an early April fool. Then I read that similar proposals have been put forward by France, Holland and India, to name just three other countries. In fact India, which has some of the worst vehicular pollution in the world, has gone one step further by promising a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars one decade earlier, in 2030.